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Pregnancy

From prenatal to postpartum, your benefits are designed to support you through each stage of your pregnancy.

Pregnancy Dos and Don'ts

Here are a few things you can do to ensure the health of both you and your baby.

Dos

DO aim for 8 ounces of protein per day (this can include the protein in dairy products).

DO plan to exercise 20 - 30 minutes 3 - 5 times a week. Try walking, swimming, low impact aerobics, treadmill, and the elliptical trainer. Check with your healthcare provider first. You can also sync your fitness device to your HealthTools account to automatically track progress against the goals you set with the Online Health Coach. Plus, your weight and exercise activities can help you earn up to $120 in wellness rewards*.

DO talk to your doctor about taking take a daily prenatal vitamin. Make sure it contains at least 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid, which is especially plan in the first two months of pregnancy to decrease the risk for neural tube defects.

DO drink 6+ glasses of liquids per day, preferably water.

DO discuss over-the-counter (OTC) medications with your provider and ask questions.

DO sign up for our Pregnancy Care Incentive Program*. You could be eligible to earn a free Pregnancy Care Box packed with samples, coupons, and suggestions—and $75 in wellness rewards.

Don'ts

DON'T eat raw or undercooked meat, poultry, fish or shell fish (including sushi or sashimi).

DON'T drink raw or unpasteurized milk or juice or eat foods that contain unpasteurized milk.

DON'T drink alcohol, to avoid the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome, which affects the baby's brain and spinal cord.

DON'T smoke or take illegal drugs. Take care to avoid secondhand smoke too. Learn more about our tobacco cessation benefits** to help you quit for good.

AVOID OTC herbs, excessive heat (saunas, hot tubs, over exercising), changing kitty litter or exposure to cat feces, i.e. gardening without gloves, or playing in sandboxes.

DON'T lie flat on your back for extended periods of time. This decreases the return of blood to the heart and can cause a drop in blood pressure and flow to the uterus. Lying on the left side is recommended.

DON'T stop any medication that has been prescribed for chronic use without talking to your doctor.

* You must be 18 or older on a Standard or Basic Option plan to earn this reward.

** You must meet age requirements for prescribed tobacco cessation drugs to receive this benefit.